About Global MeetIng 2017

Tourism industry is one of the most rapidly developing industries of the world. As an international platform, World Tourism Forum has been bringing together leaders steering the world tourism since 2015. World Tourism Forum Global Meeting, which will be held in February 2017, gathers a large number of industry executives, investors and political authorities from all over the world in Istanbul.

Vision meetings will cover Online Tourism, Health Tourism, Culture Tourism, Tourism Investments, Destination Marketing, Ecotourism, Space Tourism, Event Tourism, Sports Tourism and Business Travel.

Considered as ‘The Oscars’ of tourism industry, World Tourism Awards will highlight The Best tourism industry companies in 36 categories. World Tourism Awards ceremony is held annually.

The Tourism 20 meeting, which will be held in a round table format, is highly important for the ministers of tourism from different countries, in sharing their views and plans with regard to the development of the world tourism.

It is crystal clear that invariable innovations cannot be sufficient for meeting the requirements resulting from the tourism’s multi-dimensional structure. For this reason, we present you the opportunity to meet with investors to exhibit your new technologies and initiatives in tourism.

CEOs of top level companies participating in the Global Meeting 2017 will find an opportunity to get to know one another and exchange ideas.

Welcome to eGen Influencers event of World Tourism Forum. Feel yourself more inspired than ever in a city, where was once home to grand empires of history. eGen Influencers Event is open to digital influencers, looking to enhance their social and business networks in a city of intersections.

Speakers

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Jack STRAW
Former Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary under Prime Minister Tony Blair
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    Randi ZUCKERBERG
    CEO - Zuckerberg Media
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      David Miliband
      The President and Chief Executive of International Rescue Committee (IRC)
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        Dr. Michael Frenzel
        Former Chairman, World Travel & Tourism Council
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          Coşkun Yurt
          ViceChairman OTI Holding
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            Sani Şener
            CEO, TAV Group
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              Dr. John COYNE
              Head of Border Security, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
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                Sharron LIVINGSTON
                Managing Editor - The Travel Magazine
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                  Mohamed ELNAGGAR
                  Tourism Expert at Ministry of Economy, Government of UAE
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                    Arkadiy VOLOJ
                    CEO - Yandex
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                      Fettah TAMINCE
                      Owner - Rixos Hotels
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                        Hakan Ateş
                        CEO - DenizBank
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                          Anastasia KIRITSI
                          Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Small Luxury Hotels of the World
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                            Juan Andres Milleiro
                            NH Hotel Group, Head of Social Media
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                              Metin Altun
                              Founder & CEO, Met Global
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                                Nicole Easterby
                                Travel Photographer
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                                  Prince Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar
                                  Executive Director at Historic Resort Hotels Pvt. Ltd. Udaipur
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                                    Vivek Singhania
                                    Producer at Picture Perfect
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                                      Buğra Berberoğlu
                                      Group President & CEO, River Rock Hotels &Resorts
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                                        Aylin Yazıcıoğlu
                                        Owner and Chef, Nicole Restaurant in Istanbul
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                                          Brandon De Souza
                                          Chairman, Brandon De Souza Management Services
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                                            Çağrı Sağlık
                                            Malaysia Tourism Office, General Manager
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                                              Glen Gilmore
                                              Forbes Top 20 Social Media Influencer
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                                                Mickey Mehta
                                                Global Leading Holistic Health Guru 
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                                                  Nedime Konuksever
                                                  AirCanada, General Manager
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                                                    Onur Akgül
                                                    Borajet, General Manager
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                                                      Özgü Alnıtemiz
                                                      Celestyal Cruises, General Manager
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                                                        Piyush Sharma
                                                        CEO New Initiatives, ZEE Entertainment Enterprises
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                                                          Saffet Emre Tonguc
                                                          Journalist and Famous Tourist Guide
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                                                            Samit Garg
                                                            Director, E Factor Entertainment
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                                                              Sean Gardner
                                                              Vice-President of Digital Media, and Board Member, World Communication Forum
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                                                                Shaher Hamdan
                                                                President, Jordan Society of Tourism & Travel Agents
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                                                                  Tomas De Bruyne
                                                                  International Floral Designer
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                                                                    Yusuf Acıbiber
                                                                    Security Director, IGA Operation Services
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                                                                      Iran Monroy
                                                                      Global Brand Communications, Deer Jet
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                                                                        Omar Abdulle
                                                                        Director, Visit Mogadishu
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                                                                          Juan Antonio March
                                                                          Partner, ECIJA
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                                                                            Marc Aeberhard
                                                                            Owner, Luxury Hotel and Spa Management
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                                                                              Mete Vardar
                                                                              CEO, Jolly Tour
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                                                                                Cüneyt Baycan
                                                                                Jolly Tur, Marketing Manager
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                                                                                  Clement Wong
                                                                                  CEO, BeMyGuest
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                                                                                    Akira Mitsumasu
                                                                                    Vice President, Marketing & Strategy Research, Asia & Oceania Region, Japan Airlines
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                                                                                      Edwin Broers
                                                                                      Regional Vice President of Central and Eastern Europe, Wyndham Hotel Group
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                                                                                        Caroline Bremner
                                                                                        Head of Travel and Tourism Research at Euromonitor International
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                                                                                          Murat Ersoy
                                                                                          Chairman of the Executive of Board, Atlas Global
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                                                                                            Thomas Anderson
                                                                                            CEO, Visit Stockholm
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                                                                                              Alejandro Bataller
                                                                                              Vice President,SHA Wellness Clinic
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                                                                                                6200
                                                                                                Visitors
                                                                                                12000
                                                                                                PROGRAM

                                                                                                Enjoy the unique opportunity to join our Global Meeting to share ideas and experiences with the leaders of the industry.

                                                                                                • 16 Feb
                                                                                                  Day 1
                                                                                                • 17 Feb
                                                                                                  Day 2
                                                                                                • 18 Feb
                                                                                                  Day 3
                                                                                                • Auditorium
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                                                                                                • Emirgan I
                                                                                                • Emirgan II
                                                                                                • Beylerbeyi I
                                                                                                • Beylerbeyi II
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                                                                                                11:00 - 12:30 Opening Ceremony
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                                                                                                Lunch

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                                                                                                13.30 - 14.30 Randi Zuckerberg’s Speech
                                                                                                Founder of Zuckerberg Media

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                                                                                                14.30 - 15.15 Online Tourism
                                                                                                Heading to the limitless era: e-tourism

                                                                                                • Clement Wong - CEO, Bemyguest,
                                                                                                • Metin Altun Founder & CEO, Met Global

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                                                                                                15.15 - 16.00 David Miliband’s Speech
                                                                                                The President and Chief Executive of International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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                                                                                                16:00 - 16:30 Border Security
                                                                                                Changing course: Tourist behaviours against unsecure borders

                                                                                                • David Alania - Border Systems and Security, Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia
                                                                                                • John Coyne - Head of Border Security, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
                                                                                                • Yusuf Acıbiber - Security Director, IGA Operation Services

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                                                                                                14:30 - 15:15 MICE Industry
                                                                                                Touch on the significance of MICE to destinations

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                                                                                                16:00 - 16:30 Keynote Speech

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                                                                                                16:00 - 16:15 Business Travel Stories
                                                                                                Smart productivity strategies for business travellers

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                                                                                                16:30 - 17:00 Tourism Investments
                                                                                                Attracting foreign investors to earn revitalization in tourism

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                                                                                                16:00 - 16:30 The Economic Impacts of Tourism
                                                                                                Dealing with money: Changes in the way of travelling

                                                                                                • Mohamed Elnaggar- Tourism Expert at Ministry of Economy, Government of UAE
                                                                                                 

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                                                                                                16:30 - 17:00 Research and Innovations in Tourism
                                                                                                Focusing on tourism behaviours: Market sizing and Trends

                                                                                                • Caroline Bremner - Head of Travel and Tourism Research at Euromonitor International

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                                                                                                14:30 - 15:15 Gastronomic Tourism
                                                                                                Discovering foodie getaways around the world

                                                                                                • Aylin Yazıcıoğlu - Owner and Chef of Nicole Restaurant in Istanbul
                                                                                                • Saffet Emre Tonguç- Journalist and Famous Tourist Guide

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                                                                                                16:00 - 16:15 The Evolution of Luxury Travel

                                                                                                • Iran Monroy - Global Brand Communications, Deer Jet

                                                                                                • Beyazıt
                                                                                                • Emirgan I
                                                                                                • Emirgan II
                                                                                                • Beylerbeyi I
                                                                                                • Beylerbeyi II
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                                                                                                11:00 - 11:30 Keynote Speech

                                                                                                Arkadiy Voloj - CEO – Yandex

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                                                                                                11:30 - 12:15 CEO Talks for the Future of Tourism
                                                                                                The future of destinations - Looking for your next escape? Wonders of the destinations

                                                                                                Buğra Berberoğlu, Group President & CEO, River Rock Hotels & Resorts

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                                                                                                12:15 - 12:30 Keynote Speech

                                                                                                Lunch

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                                                                                                13:30 - 14:15 Ministerial Meeting

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                                                                                                14:15 - 15:00 Jack Straw’s Speech
                                                                                                Former Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary under Prime Minister Tony Blair

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                                                                                                15:00 - 15:45 Travel Stories of Celebrities

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                                                                                                15:45 - 16:30 Destination Management
                                                                                                Strengthening the competitiveness of destinations: Understanding of social& economic dimensions

                                                                                                • Juan Antonio March – Partner ECIJA
                                                                                                • Jordi William Carnes - CEO, Tourism Barcelona
                                                                                                • Omur Abdulle, Director Visit Mogadishu
                                                                                                • Shaher Hamdan - President, Jordan Society of Tourism & Travel Agents

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                                                                                                11:00 - 11:30 Social Media and Digital Outputs
                                                                                                The take-off of social media in tourism

                                                                                                • Juan Andres Milleiro - NH Hotel Group, Head of Social Media
                                                                                                • Sean Gardner - Vice-President of Digital Media, and Board Member, World Communication Forum
                                                                                                • Glen Gilmore – Forbes Top 20 Social Media Influencer

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                                                                                                11:45 - 12:30 Airport Solutions
                                                                                                Empowering the passenger experience

                                                                                                The growth in the international trade volume, as well as fast and safe air transportation, has inspired interest in the civil aviation industry. Development of the aviation industry in Turkey and the world has encouraged sizable investment by countries in this field. Customer habits changing in line with advancing technology have started to compel airline companies to invest and change. We will be discussing the New Trends in the Aviation Industry with regional managers in the World Tourism Forum Global Meeting 2017.

                                                                                                Lunch

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                                                                                                13:30 - 14:00 Big Games: International Sports Organizations

                                                                                                • Brandon De Souza – Chairman, Brandon De Souza Management Services

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                                                                                                15:00 - 15:30 Aviation Investments
                                                                                                The latest developments in the flying world: Crucial time for investors

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                                                                                                15:30 - 16:00 Telecommunication in Tourism
                                                                                                Integration of telecom strategies to tourism industry

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                                                                                                16:00 - 16:30 Protected Areas and Cultural Heritage in Tourism Industry
                                                                                                The undiscovered journey to the roots

                                                                                                • Prince Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar - Executive Director at Historic Resort Hotels Udaipur

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                                                                                                11:00 - 11:30 Keynote Speech

                                                                                                Thomas Andersson - CEO, Visit Stockholm

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                                                                                                11:30 - 12:15 Travel Agents Competition
                                                                                                Finding out the industry leading tour operators: who wins the battle?

                                                                                                The online travel intermediaries sector continues to grow globally while its competitive environment is quickly evolving and its players are forced constantly to change their business models to thrive. As technology players are rising in importance, technological developments of travel agencies are becoming more important.

                                                                                                Lunch

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                                                                                                13:30 - 14:00 Guest Satisfaction and The Guest Experience Index

                                                                                                • Anastasia Kiritsi - Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Small Luxury Hotels of the World

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                                                                                                14:00 - 14:15 Shopping Travel
                                                                                                Shopping won’t take your time on holiday: best destinations

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                                                                                                15:00 - 15:30 Cinema Tourism
                                                                                                Cinema, culture: What’s getting us excited right now?

                                                                                                • Vivek Singhania, Producer at Picture Perfect

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                                                                                                15:30 - 15:45 Transportation and Tourism
                                                                                                Transportation systems of a destination

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                                                                                                15:45 - 16:00 Sustainability and Ecotourism
                                                                                                Preservation of environment via improving tourist facilities

                                                                                                Country that are abundant in terms of flora and fauna, are the most popular destinations of ecotourism travellers. Some countries are home to many endangered species. In order to enhance the ecosystem of those countries, botanical and zoological gardens established in the country.

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                                                                                                11.00 - 11:30 eGen Influencers Talk
                                                                                                Re-shapers of the societies

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                                                                                                11:30 - 12:15 eGen Influencers Talk
                                                                                                Re-shapers of the societies

                                                                                                Lunch

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                                                                                                13:30 - 14:15 eGen Influencers Talk
                                                                                                Re-shapers of the societies

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                                                                                                15:00 -15:45 eGen Influencers Talk
                                                                                                Re-shapers of the societies

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                                                                                                15:45 -16:30 eGen Influencers Talk
                                                                                                Re-shapers of the societies

                                                                                                Travel of History and Art

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                                                                                                11:00 - 11:30 Current Trends in Destination Weddings
                                                                                                Planning a wedding away: All-inclusive marriage packages for couples

                                                                                                Samit Garg - Director, E Factor EntertainmentTomas De Bruyne – International Floral Designer

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                                                                                                11:45 - 12:30 Health and Wellness Tourism
                                                                                                Head-relaxing retreats around the globe: Purify your body!

                                                                                                • Mickey Mehta - Global Leading Holistic Health Guru
                                                                                                • Marc Aeberhard, Owner, Luxury Hotel and Spa Management

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                                                                                                13:30 - 14:00 Tourism in Media
                                                                                                The effect of media on the vast majority of travel decisions

                                                                                                • Piyush Sharma – CEO New Initiatives, ZEE Entertainment Enterprises
                                                                                                • Sharron Livingston - Managing Editor - The Travel Magazine

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                                                                                                14:00 - 14:15 New Types of Tourism
                                                                                                What an ordinary holiday simply can’t do!

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                                                                                                15:00 - 15:30 Keynote Speech
                                                                                                Mete Vardar - CEO, Jolly Tour

                                                                                                Mete Vardar - CEO, Jolly Tour (Uzak Rota Mini Summit)

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                                                                                                15:30 - 16:15 Changing customer desires and alternative marketing tools

                                                                                                • Cüney Baycan - Jolly Tur, Marketing Manager
                                                                                                • Çağrı Sağlık - Malaysia Tourism Office, General Manager
                                                                                                • Nedime Konuksever - AirCanada, General Manager
                                                                                                • Onur Akgül - Borajet, General Manager
                                                                                                • Özgü Alnıtemiz - Celestyal Cruises, General Manager

                                                                                                • Beyazıt
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                                                                                                10:00 - 11:30 Closing Ceremony
                                                                                                Closing Ceremony

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                                                                                                World Tourism Forum releases statements, media notes, notices to the press sheets on a weekly basis. These are posted to our website as they are released throughout the week.

                                                                                                World Tourism Forum welcomes Press and has a number of services and information available, noted below. For questions or additional information, please contact us at info@worldtourismforum.net.

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                                                                                                Reserve My Seat

                                                                                                In Global Meeting you will have a chance to make direct contacts with potential partners in order to follow the news and trends in tourism, promote your business and share experiences.

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                                                                                                    • Exhibition Area Entrance
                                                                                                    • Business Speed Networking
                                                                                                    • Participation to Sessions in ICC
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                                                                                                    SILVER TICKET
                                                                                                    • Visitor Ticket
                                                                                                    • Influencer Special Session
                                                                                                    • “eGen Influencers” Party Participation
                                                                                                    • Gala Dinner and World Tourism Awards
                                                                                                    • Ceremony Entrance
                                                                                                    • After Party Event Participation
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                                                                                                  • 1560.00
                                                                                                    DIAMOND TICKET
                                                                                                    • Silver Ticket
                                                                                                    • Randi Zuckerberg’s Speech and Travel Startup Contest
                                                                                                    • Tourism CEO Club Event
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                                                                                                  • 390.00
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                                                                                                    • Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
                                                                                                    • 1 Night -Bed & Breakfast
                                                                                                  • 270.00
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                                                                                                  MartIn Verdon Roe – VIce PresIdent & Global Display TrIpadvIsor

                                                                                                  In World Tourism Forum in B2B meetings there is an opportunity too listen closely to industry representatives’ needs and demands.

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                                                                                                  Svend Olav LeIrvaag – VIce PresIdent & Head of IndustrIal RelatIons Amadeus

                                                                                                  World Tourism Forum with its profile of participants and speakers from its very first meeting has been identified as the region’s most important summit.

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                                                                                                  FredrIck ReInfeld – PrIme MInIster of Sweden (2006-2014)

                                                                                                  From the political perspective World Tourism Forum is an important vision summit bringing together tourism leaders.

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                                                                                                  Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – PresIdent RepublIc of Turkey

                                                                                                  I consider that by the point of collaboration, World Tourism Forum's participant profiles as well as its agenda is a very efficient platform.

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                                                                                                  José Manuel Barroso – PresIdent (2004 – 2014) European CommIssIon

                                                                                                  World Tourism Forum is really important initiative, Turkey is one of the most important tourism Powers in the World.

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                                                                                                  Todd BenjamIn – CNN InternatIonal FInancIal EdItor

                                                                                                  World Tourism Forum was the biggest tourism event I have ever participated till today.

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